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st: Varname default in a program

From   Dani Tilley <>
To   stata <>
Subject   st: Varname default in a program
Date   Fri, 9 Jul 2010 11:16:13 -0700 (PDT)


I'm trying to write a program that will have the following syntax

syntax varlist(min=1 max=5), [Pvar(varname)]

However, I want the to have a default value for pvar so that when users say 
-command var1 var2- the program returns no error and uses the default variable 
for pvar. I know how this is done for numeric variables but can't do it in this 
context. I tried [Pvar(varname default)] where default is a variable but got 

Any help is appreciated.

DF Tilley

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